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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.

The government of the Order of Malta will elect in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.

Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

A new book offers a surprising look inside the Vatican’s Secret Archives


The writings are accompanied by text and photos of the Vatican Archives building.

Then, on page 46, readers can find a papal document condemning and excommunicating Martin Luther.

The diverse collection also includes correspondent with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, like Bernini. The architect of St. Peter’s Basilica, writes to the pope requesting payment for his work at Saint Mary Mayor’s Basilica and the famous Bernini’s Angels that line the bridge at Castle St. Angelo. In all Bernini was requesting more than 8 thousand scudi. 

In the year 1550, Michelangelo also wrote a letter requesting payment and saying a long conclave was stalling his work on the basilica’s dome. 

That conclave was the one that elected Pius VI. It took more than three months and the official ballot is a part of this collection too.

A collection of that gives readers around the world a taste of what lies inside the walls of the Vatican.